KCC Reads, Kingsborough's common reading program, was inaugurated at a meeting of the Faculty Assembly in Spring 2001. Like universities across the country, we wanted to adopt a program that would cultivate a reading culture and foster community through reading, discussion, teaching and research on a single book. Since its inception, the program has been highly collaborative, with participation of members from every part of our campus, in events, meetings, debates, art projects, book nominations, reading groups and other programs.
The utility of a university common reading program is in the way it not only fosters a spirit of community on campus but can function also to develop students in important ways: research and public speaking, critical thinking and writing, leadership, as well as preparing graduates for senior college or for the career they may enter upon graduation. Student enrichment is, therefore, our chief focus: to introduce students to intellectual life and buoy their development as socially responsible, civically engaged citizens. KCC Reads also aims to enhance and sustain a sense of college community through a Cohort that organizes events and selects the annual books, as well as through the broader collective work of teaching, reading and conducting research on them. Finally, the program engages a civic engagement agenda, both through research elaborating social and political themes of the chosen books and through philanthropic, social justice and other volunteer work in Brooklyn and wider New York City.
To these ends, we organize an Events series in which a large number of students, staff and faculty collaborate. Our first event is the KCC Reads Inaugural Day, where we launch the program for the year, discuss teaching strategies and distribute the book for students. We host a number of smaller events throughout the year—film screenings, field trips, talks or panel discussions by faculty, students or invited guests, as well as teaching workshops, student roundtables and multimedia presentations, events for Black and Women's History Months or for our Eco Festival—followed by holding our culminating program, the KCC Reads Student Conference where students of the college present their work on the book through panel and roundtable discussions, poster and Power Point presentations, dramatic and other performances and as part of exhibitions. In addition, Kingsborough students participate in the planning and management of this event, which concludes with a Keynote Lecture given by the author or an expert in the field.
Another mechanism of student support is our publication—Paideia: The Journal of KCC Reads—including outstanding scholarly and creative work in multiple genres and maintaining a focus on material presented at the conference.
...Peruse the website, get to know the program and consider adopting the book, attending events or joining the
Program Cohort. (Everyone is welcome!) Read about this year
and next year’s KCC Reads selection,
Just Mercy by attorney
Bryan Stevenson. Among other accolades, this book was a
New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by
The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Esquire and
Just Mercy won the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, and a Books for a Better Life Award. It was finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize and the Kirkus Reviews Prize, and was an American Library Association Notable Book.
Update: In an unprecedented move, the KCC Reads Cohort chose to continue
Just Mercy as our common reading for a second year, so that Bryan Stevenson's book and the important social justice issues it teaches us about remain a major focus on Kingsborough's campus. Thus,
Just Mercy is our selection for academic year 2016 - 2017 and again in academic year 2017 - 2018. We hope you share our enthusiasm for this remarkable and remarkably important book!
Books are available, for as long as they last, in Room A-228.
Learn more about KCC Reads from this
informational video, made by KCC Students (under the direction of Prof. DL Anderson): http://kbvideo.kingsborough.edu/embed/196/
Contact coordinator Maureen Fadem with questions.
KCC READS is part of the Coordinated Undergraduate Education Initiative (CUE) at Kingsborough Community College, overseen by Provost Dr. Joanne Russell (A-228).
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